Independent Board Member
The son of hard-working parents, a printer for the local newspaper and a clerk typist for the State of California, Mike Kourey grew up determined to get a great education and to become an entrepreneur. With a strong penchant for technology and business, Kourey left home to get his bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Davis. Upon graduation, evaluating opportunities in sales, actuarial work and operations, he decided to come to Silicon Valley, drawn by the rapid pace of innovation. Beginning at Fairchild in new products program management, Kourey was shortly thereafter drawn to his first startup, portable computer maker Osborne Computers. Later, working in various operations management roles, he joined telecom systems startup David Systems. Working by day and attending grad school at night, Kourey earned his MBA from Santa Clara University. Later, in his first executive role, he became vice president of operations at service provider infrastructure company Verilink Corp.
Drawn next to Polycom and the nascent collaboration market space, Kourey joined Polycom as employee #7—pre-financing and pre-product. Providing strategic expertise and business guidance throughout his tenure, he held the roles of vice president of manufacturing and later CFO, executive vice president of finance and administration, board member and honorary founder. Responsible for corporate development, finance, IT, investor relations and various administrative functions, he led a variety of organic and inorganic growth initiatives at the global unified collaboration market leader, driving the company’s revenue growth from a standing start to a record $1.5B with 23 percent growth in 2011. Under his leadership, Polycom’s stock price grew 850 percent from IPO to the announcement of his retirement from the company.
In addition to his entrepreneurial contributions at Polycom and previous companies, Kourey enjoys assisting young growth companies through his independent board work, and is currently serves on the board at networking leaders Riverbed Technology and Aruba Networks, having joined each company during their pre-public stage. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and served on the advisory board of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University for more than a decade.